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Jade J. Edwards
The Law Office of JJ Edwards PLLC, Flint
Jade J. Edwards focuses almost exclusively on family law. She specializes in child custody, divorce, and child welfare law, regularly representing mothers accused of some form of child neglect. She has also worked as a mediator in divorce and child custody matters, as well as a Guardian ad Litem in child welfare, divorce, and custody cases. Prior to entering private...View Full Bio

Ruth Goldner
Goldner Deeg PLLC, Royal Oak
Ruth Goldner focuses her practice on family law, including divorce, child custody and parenting time, and child support. She is a member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and she provides representation in both collaborative law cases and traditional family law litigation. Ms. Goldner is a seven-time recipient of the Super Lawyers...View Full Bio

Blair Monroe Johnson
Peter J Johnson Law Office PLLC, Saint Joseph
Blair Monroe Johnson is a mediator and collaborative attorney working as an associate attorney in his firm where he has been employed prior to, during, and following law school. He began his practice as a nonattorney representative handling Social Security disability claims. He has been a collaborative divorce attorney and family law mediator since 2016, in addition to practicing in...View Full Bio

Peter M. Kulas-Dominguez
Warner Norcross + Judd, Grand Rapids
Peter Kulas-Dominguez practices family law litigation with an emphasis on divorce and nonmarital domestic relationships. He counsels individuals through LGBT family issues, domestic relations mediation and collaborative law, spousal support, child custody and support, complex business valuations, and pre- and postnuptial agreements. In addition, he represents adoptive couples, single parents, stepparents, and guardians as they navigate through Michigan adoption laws...View Full Bio

Veronica R. Leonard
Veronica R. Leonard PLLC, Southfield
Veronica R. Leonard began her private practice in 2004, handling issues in all areas of family law, including divorce, child support, custody, postjudgment modifications, and enforcement proceedings. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Oakland County Friend of the Court. While attending Wayne State University Law School, Ms. Leonard was a judicial law clerk for...View Full Bio

Katherine M. Sharkey
Kitchen Sharkey PLLC, Ann Arbor
Katherine M. Sharkey practiced law in Chicago from 2006-2010 at Cabrini Green Legal Aid as a family law staff attorney, where she represented hundreds of low-income clients in divorce, child custody, guardianship, and parenting time cases. She moved back to her home state of Michigan and worked at Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Family Law Project from 2011-2013, representing survivors...View Full Bio

Ivonne M. Soler
Butzel Long, Detroit
Ivonne M. Soler practices in the areas of family law and business and commercial litigation. She represents clients with family and domestic relations issues, including divorce, property division, spousal and child support, child custody and parenting time, change of domicile, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, postjudgment enforcement, adoption, and assisted reproduction (family building). Ms. Soler also represents clients in general matters...View Full Bio

Katherine Karen Strickfaden
Lakeshore Legal Aid, Southfield
Katherine Karen Strickfaden practices in the areas of poverty law, family law, and domestic violence. A member of the State Bar of Michigan, she is a member of its LGBTQA Section and its Domestic Violence Committee. Ms. Strickfaden is also a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, the Detroit Metro Bar Association, and the Wayne County Family Law...View Full Bio

Kanika Ferency
ICLE Advisory Board Liaison
Kanika Ferency joined ICLE in 2016. In her role at ICLE, she works with contributors to draft, edit, and update ICLE publications and resources in the areas of bankruptcy, business, consumer, debtor and creditor, and family law. Before coming to ICLE, Ms. Ferency worked at Lakeshore Legal Aid, where she advised low-income and elderly litigants on consumer, employment, housing, domestic,...View Full Bio
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